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The 2018 Toyota Avalon is a family-friendly, full-size sedan that comes with all of the perks you expect when buying a vehicle with a Toyota badge: class-leading safety, good resale value, and a golden reputation for reliability. Even though the backseat is more accommodating than most of its rivals and its performance is not half bad, the Toyota Avalon’s efficiency nonetheless outmatches even some compact cars. We’re not sure how Toyota does it, but then again that’s probably why the Japanese company is the biggest automotive brand in the world.

The 2018 Toyota Avalon is available in eight trims: XLE, XLE Plus, XLE Premium, Touring, Limited, Hybrid XLE Plus, Hybrid XLE Premium, and Hybrid Limited.


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What’s New for the 2018 Toyota Avalon?

The 2018 Toyota Avalon is identical to the 2017 Toyota Avalon. An all-new rework of the six-year-old sedan is likely just around the corner.

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2018 Toyota Avalon Exterior

The 2018 Toyota Avalon takes a graceful if conventional approach at design, with sleek but conventional lines doing just enough to help you stand out, but not too much. Still, there are some noticeable efforts by Toyota to inject some sportiness into a sedan that would otherwise be exclusively relegated to fleet duty, particularly at the front, where the wide maw of a grille threatens to gobble up the road in front of it and the vertical Daytime Running Lights give the car a piercing gaze.

The 2018 Toyota Avalon is available in the following exterior colors: Blizzard Pearl, Magnetic Gray Metallic, Celestial Silver Metallic, Ooh La La Rouge Mica, Crème Brulee Mica, Sizzling Crimson Mica, Midnight Black Metallic, Parisian Night Pearl, and Cosmic Gray Mica.

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Exterior available on XLE:

  • Quadrabeam halogen headlights with auto on/off feature, Daytime Running Lights (DRL) with on/off feature, Smoked LED taillights, Chrome front grille surround with dark gray metallic insert, Color-keyed heated power outside mirrors with turn signal indicators and manual folding feature, 17-inch dark gray painted alloy wheels with machined finish, Washer-linked variable intermittent windshield wipers, Acoustic noise-reducing windshield and driver and front passenger side windows, Dual chrome-tipped integrated exhaust with chrome-accented cover

Exterior available on XLE Plus (adds to or replaces features on XLE):

  • Power tilt/slide moonroof with sliding sunshade

Exterior available on XLE Premium (adds to or replaces features on XLE Plus):

  • N/A

Exterior available on Touring (adds to or replaces features on XLE Premium):

  • LED headlights with auto on/off feature, LED Daytime Running Lights (DRL) with on/off feature, Chrome front grille with piano black insert, 18-inch dark gray painted alloy wheels with machined finish

Exterior available on Limited (adds to or replaces features on Touring):

  • High Intensity Discharge Quadrabeam headlights with auto on/off feature, Chrome front grille with dark gray metallic insert, Outside mirrors with puddle lights, 18-inch Super Chrome alloy wheels, Rain-sensing washer-linked variable intermittent windshield wipers

Exterior available on Hybrid XLE Plus (adds to or replaces features on XLE Plus):

  • Hidden exhaust with chrome-accented cover

Exterior available on Hybrid XLE Premium (adds to or replaces features on XLE Premium):

  • Hidden exhaust with chrome-accented cover

Exterior available on Hybrid Limited (adds to or replaces features on Limited):

  • 17-inch Super Chrome alloy wheels, Hidden exhaust with chrome-accented cover

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2018 Toyota Avalon Performance

The regular 2018 Toyota Avalon is powered by the company’s tried-and-true 3.5-liter V6 engine, which makes 268 horsepower and 248 lb-ft of torque. Power is sent to the front wheels via a six-speed electronically-controlled automatic transmission with intelligence (what Toyota calls ECT-i), which features a sequential shift mode for those who wish a little more control over the driving.

Those who would instead prefer hybrid performance can opt for the 2.5-liter inline four-cylinder and electric motor combination that also underpins the 2017 Toyota Camry Hybrid. That will get them 200 system horsepower and up to 199 lb-ft of instant torque provided by the battery, giving the Avalon a good little kick.

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2018 Toyota Avalon Efficiency

The 2018 Toyota Avalon boasts robust fuel economy numbers. The V6-powered model gets an EPA-estimated 21 mpg in the city, 30 mpg on the highway, and 24 mpg combined. Meanwhile, the hybrid-powered Avalon is rated at 40 mpg city, 39 mpg highway, and 40 mpg combined.

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2018 Toyota Avalon Interior

The 2018 Toyota Avalon started out as a sedan meant to hold five adults and all their gear, and today remains one of the few that can still make that claim. The front and rear seats are roomy  and comfortable without compromising trunk space, and the rear seats are contoured in such a way as to suggest they were designed for adults, not children. There is also plenty of interior storage for bric-à-brac and various premium considerations to complement all of that space, such carefully-crafted appointments and leather grain surpassed only by ultra-luxury (and ultra-expensive) rides. Acoustic glass windshield and windows, combined with relatively quiet engines, additionally make the Toyota Avalon a comfortably quiet ride.

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Interior available on XLE:

  • Features: Dual-zone automatic climate control with air filter and rear-seat vents, Intelligent Touch controls for climate and audio system, Cruise control, Multi-function leather-trimmed tilt/telescopic steering wheel with paddle shifters, Optitron instrumentation, Leather-trimmed multi-stage heated front seats, 8-way power-adjustable driver’s seat with power lumbar support, 4-way power-adjustable front passenger seat, Rear seat with center armrest cup holders and trunk pass-through, Wood-grain-style interior trim with smoked-chrome interior accents and door handles, Smart Key System on driver’s-side and trunk, Push Button Start, Remote illuminated entry, Power door locks with shift-linked automatic lock/unlock feature and anti-lockout feature, Power windows with auto up/down and jam protection in all positions, Rear window defogger with timer, Day/night rearview mirror and maplights, Covered center console with sliding cover and armrest, Illuminated glove compartment, eBin™ sliding electronic device holder, Resin scuff plate doorsills
  • Radio and Technology: Entune™ Audio Plus with Connected Navigation App, 7-inch high-resolution touchscreen display, AM/FM CD player, MP3/WMA playback capability, Eight speakers, Auxiliary audio jack, USB 2.0 port with iPod® connectivity and control, Advanced voice recognition, Bluetooth®, Scout® GPS Link App, Siri® Eyes Free, SiriusXM® Satellite Radio with three-month trial, HD Radio, HD traffic and weather in major metro areas, Integrated backup camera display

Interior available on XLE Plus (adds to or replaces features on XLE):

  • Features: Smart Key System on front doors and trunk, Auto-dimming rearview mirror with compass and HomeLink® universal transceiver

Interior available on XLE Premium (adds to or replaces features on XLE Plus):

  • Features: Driver’s seat and outside mirror memory systems, Qi-compatible wireless smartphone charging with full-charge-indicator light device
  • Radio and Technology: Entune® App Suite, HD predictive traffic and Doppler weather overlay, AM/FM cache radio, Gracenote® album cover art

Interior available on Touring (adds to or replaces features on XLE Premium):

  • Features: Multi-function premium leather-trimmed tilt/telescopic steering wheel with paddle shifters, Black wood-grain-style interior trim with smoked-chrome interior accents and door handles, Touring badge

Interior available on Limited (adds to or replaces features on XLE Touring):

  • Features: Three-zone climate control with air filter and rear-seat vents, Wood-grain-style interior trim with smoked-chrome interior accents and door handles, White ice interior ambient lighting, Power rear window sunshade, Aluminum scuff plate doorsills
  • Radio and Technology: Entune™ Premium JBL® Audio with Integrated Navigation and App Suite, 11 JBL® GreenEdge™ speakers in nine locations including subwoofer and amplifier, Integrated backup camera display with projected path

Interior available on Hybrid XLE Plus (adds to or replaces features on XLE Plus):

  • Features: Multi-function leather-trimmed tilt/telescopic steering wheel with paddle shifters, Hybrid system power meter

Interior available on Hybrid XLE Premium (adds to or replaces features on XLE Premium):

  • Features: Multi-function leather-trimmed tilt/telescopic steering wheel with paddle shifters, Hybrid system power meter

Interior available on Hybrid Limited (adds to or replaces features on Limited):

  • Features: Hybrid system power meter

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2018 Toyota Avalon Safety

The 2018 Toyota Avalon received the highest possible five-star score for overall safety in crash testing by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Though the 2018 model has yet to be tested by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the IIHS named the 2017 model a Top Safety Pick+ for acing all crashworthiness evaluations and offering superior front crash prevention. That’s thanks to the Toyota Safety Sense P suite of driver aids, now standard across most of Toyota’s vehicle lineup, which features technologies such as Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist and a pre-collision system that detects pedestrians. Given that the 2018 model is structurally identical to the 2017 model, there’s every reason to believe it is just as safe, and thus among the safest full-size sedans on the market.

Standard Safety Features

  • Star Safety System—includes Vehicle Stability Control, Traction Control, Anti-lock Brake System, Electronic Brake-force Distribution, Brake Assist, and Smart Stop Technology
  • ToyotaCare featuring a no-cost maintenance plan with roadside assistance
  • 10 airbags—includes driver and front passenger Advanced Airbag System, driver and front passenger seat-mounted side airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, rear seat-mounted side airbags, and front and rear side curtain airbags
  • 3-point seatbelts for all seating positions
  • LATCH system for child seat installation
  • Child-protector rear door locks
  • Energy-absorbing collapsible steering column
  • Front and rear energy-absorbing crumple zones
  • Side-impact door beams
  • Tire Pressure Monitor System with direct pressure readout and individual tire location alert
  • Anti-theft system with engine immobilizer
  • Toyota Safety SenseP (TSS-P) — Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist, Automatic High Beams, Dynamic Radar Cruise Control

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